Theresa Y. Austin

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Theresa Y. Austin

Language, Literacy, & Culture


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W260 Furcolo


B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1976
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles, 1980
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1991


Dr. Austin’s research draws on critical race and sociocultural theories to examine language and literacy policies and planning for multilingual learners from a broader social perspective and discursive microanalytic level. Her transnational scholarship addresses ethnolinguistic and cross cultural issues in planning language and literacy curriculum, teacher inquiry, technology-assisted learning, assessment and evaluation for learning second and world languages (African American English, ESL/EFL, Spanish, Japanese, etc).

She conducts sociohistorical research, ethnographies of communication, and critical discourse analysis for inquiry to responsibly address the instructional needs of diverse historically underserved communities.

Her scholarship appears in Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, Modern Language Journal, Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies Journal, Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language Report, Journal of Educational Foundations, Foreign Language Annals, Teachers College Record, and others. She is on the editorial advisory boards of several journals: Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, and others.

  • Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies